Roses Love Water
Beautiful rose bushes of varieties like Moondance and Julia Child can easily be grown in your garden or container. All it takes is lots of sun, a little fertilizer and, of course, consistent watering.
Nothing is more important for a rose bush's survival and performance than water. Roses absolutely love water. Here are a few tips to ensure you quench the thirst of the loveliest plants in your garden:
- In general, soil for roses should be watered deeply, but infrequently. This will encourage strong root growth. Even during winter, occasional watering of garden roses during dry periods will help them perform better during the next growing season.
- Water in the morning to help prevent black spot and mildew.
- Avoid wetting the plant's leaves during regular watering, which can spread disease.
- However, about once a week, give your rose a "shower" with a spray nozzle hose attachment. This treatment not only adds water and humidity, it clears leaves of dust, dirt and spider mites or other harmful insects. Never sprinkle bushes in the afternoon or evening, which can promote disease.
- Roses should receive 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Rule of thumb is to water two to four times a week for about 30 minutes, especially if there is no rainfall, or in very hot or windy conditions.
- Container roses will need to be watered frequently because water evaporates more quickly from plants above ground. Initially, water the plant well to get it firmly established.
- During growth cycles, stick a finger in the soil to check for moisture. If your finger comes out literally dry, it's time to add water. Muddy soil means the plant is getting too much water. Moist soil should be an indicator that the water amount is just about right.
- Mulch (2 to 3 inches around a bush) to help retain moisture from watering and reduce future watering needs. Mulching also helps keep the soil cool and helps control weeds.